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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mountain part
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Mountain part

Or you could call it an overhanging projection.

Some of those photos depicting people in precarious postures sitting or sunbathing on — or hanging off — that rock made my flesh crawl.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat and jacket
Replies: 7
Views: 124

Re: Hat and jacket

trolley wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:49 pm
I think my Mum had some of those things covering the extra tissue rolls stacked on the tank of the toilet!
Assinators?
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over fifteen years
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: over fifteen years

I realise that it's fashionable these days for men to pretend to be women, but I particularly struggled with 5). :wink: None of these laboured and unnatural-sounding format variations would ever be used by a native speaker of English. Firstly, it's not necessary to point out that a woman is also 'sh...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wear a jacket either way
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Wear a jacket either way

Reversible. Going off in a slightly different direction, iridescent fabric is fabric woven with yarns of one colour in the warp and another colour in the filling. Consequently, the coloration of a garment made from such fabric seems to change according to the angle at which the light strikes it. Ot...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Huge cover thing
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Huge cover thing

I would call that a large (suspended) canopy, though you could also plausibly call it an awning or a fabric dome.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Currency
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Currency

Possibilities include bank, travel agency, {forex / foreign exchange / foreign currency / currency / currency exchange / holiday currency} {counter / kiosk / facility}.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: wrong
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: wrong

My feeling is that in (a) and (b) it has the 'incorrect' meaning. It means you made a mistake. It doesn't mean you did something immoral. In (b) it has the moral meaning. It means what you did was morally wrong. Not necessarily. As is so often the case with this kind of question, the answer is high...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Car doors
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Car doors

The web page of the car leasing company that advertises the car you are asking about (a BMW i8) describes its doors as "dihedral gull wing doors". [*] Wikipedia describes gull-wing doors thus: "A gull-wing door, also known as a falcon-wing door, is an automotive industry term describing car doors th...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mangosteens
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Mangosteens

There are also a couple of botanical terms for the segments of fruits like oranges (I doubt you'll ever hear them used in general conversation): carpels and juice vesicles.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: A baby

So it's not just Bonnie... :)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: A baby

"Born out of wedlock" avoids the pejorative connotations of the earlier suggestions.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Back to the tough stuff: prepositions
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Back to the tough stuff: prepositions

Perhaps there are some pointers or insights to be gleaned from comparing the variations in prepositional expressions across dialects or regions (e.g. "at the weekend" and "on the weekend") and/or between languages (e.g. "in the same way" and "du même façon").
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than are in your library
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: more books than are in your library

It just means that the number of books by this author that I haven't read is greater than the total number of books in your library.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his big blue motorcycle
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: his big blue motorcycle

The wording of 1) and 2) strongly suggests that my motorbike is blue (the unqualified 'mine' implies similarity), but with 3) you can't tell. This is because contrasting the size of my bike with that of his implies that my bike's other attributes may also be different.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Making a dig at
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Making a dig at

My classmate: What brings you back to the student life? [Implied: You're clearly older than the average student here, and I assume you were also previously a student. Why have you come back?] Me: Excuse me! Are you making a dig at the fact I am a lot older than most people here? [= You're being rude...